Water Works Theatre


2020 Season Auditions

Audition for Shakespeare Royal Oak’s 2020 Season! Go >

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, directed by Terry Carpenter.
Performance dates run Thursdays through Sundays, July 30 through August 9. Rehearsals begin approximately June 26th.

AUDITION DATES: Monday, March 2, 5pm to 9pm, and Monday, March 9, 5pm to 9pm. Possible callbacks Monday March 16, 5pm to 9pm.

AUDITION PLACE: St John’s Episcopal Church, 26998 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak, MI 48067.

Schedule Your Audition

Videos from the 2019 season:

The Tempest

July 27-August 4

Our Daylight Family Show was The Tempest by William Shakespeare, directed by Barton Bund. More >

All of our 2019 videos are available on our YouTube channel >

See videos, photos and more from our past seasons >


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Water Works Theatre Company is pleased to announce that Patrick Hanley will continue in the role of Director of Education for KidsAct! and Water Works Teen Ensemble. More >

Water Works Teen Ensemble’s 2019 performance was Macbeth

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There are many ways to support Water Works Theatre Company. You can advertise in our program, volunteer your time or expertise, become a sponsor or make a financial donation. It all ensures that this community jewel continues. Find out how you can help >



Learn more about Water Works Theatre Company: our beginnings, our passion and our future. Tell me the story >



Have questions about your Shakespeare Royal Oak experience? We have the answers. Get the FAQs >

2019: About The Tempest

Know Before You Go: The Tempest

Shakespeare Royal Oak is proud to present The Tempest as this year’s Daylight Family Show. For Shakespeare newbies and long-time Bard fans alike, we’ve provided a little cheat sheet to help you brush up on your Tempest knowledge. Sail with us to a remote island as we dive into Shakespeare’s tale of wonder, vengeance, and love. Continue reading: 2019: About The Tempest

2019: About Othello

Know Before You Go: Othello

Shakespeare Royal Oak is proud to present Othello as this year’s Mainstage Show. Whether you’re new to Shakespeare or a veteran of the Bard’s work, we’ve provided a little cheat sheet to help you review all that Othello has in store. Join us as we explore Shakespeare’s classic story of romance and jealousy. Continue reading: 2019: About Othello

Ways to Support Water Works Theatre

Best Kept Secret

Some say Water Works is the area’s best kept cultural secret. But the truth is that since 2001 Water Works has presented the biggest and best outdoor professional Shakespeare festival in Michigan. We’re proud to say that we have inspired many other groups to pop up around the state, and we encourage their legacy.  Yet we still offer your family the highest quality, affordable cultural experience anywhere.  From our friendly atmosphere and first rate performances, to our top-notch education programs, we guarantee you will love your time in the park with us.

Help Us This Year

It’s all close to home in a beautiful park in two perfect midsummer weeks. But we need YOU to help keep the dream alive. Think about it: when you go to Stratford, see a Broadway play or even a touring show downtown, you will easily spend more than double Water Works’ ticket prices. Not to mention all the travel, dining and parking.

We’re asking you to help us make up the difference between what we charge our audience, and what it really takes to do it right.

Spread the Word!

  • Recommend us to your company for sponsorship
  • Bring a group to the show. Call 248.399.3727 if your group is ten (10) or more!
  • Make a tax deductible donation.
  • Promote us on Facebook and other social media.
  • Please help this wonderful local jewel of the arts. Together we can make 2014 our biggest and best year ever! Thank you!


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Caught the bug? Water Works puts interns and community-minded volunteers to work and they enjoy the fun too. From marketing, signage, hospitality to ushering and even backstage jobs, we have it all. Let us know what area interests you, and we’ll find a fit! Just send us an e-mail and we’ll get back to you!

Sponsorship Opportunities

For two weeks in the park, Water Works expects to impact 3500+ patrons to our ticketed theatre events. Over 50 professional artists and teachers are employed, and 80 to 100 local families enjoy the excitement of our outdoor education programs. Each year we also offer growth opportunities for 6 interns beyond high school.

While Water Works collects audience feedback to measure satisfaction and assist us in our future programming decisions, we do not directly solicit age and address information from our patrons. Our experience since 2001 has shown us, however, that our audience is culturally diverse, generally with (or pursuing) higher education, geographically central to Royal Oak, with high awareness of the arts and appreciation for community quality of life issues.  We see significant long term loyalty in our audiences, and in families in our education programs.  For most of those who come to be entertained, to be educated, or to work at their craft here, Shakespeare in the Park in Royal Oak has become a valued annual tradition.

Share Water Works’ commitment to keeping professional Shakespeare in this community by financially sponsoring our production. Please contact Water Works Theatre Company at 248.399.3727 or email us for sponsorships of $500.00 or more. We want to make the most of your support. Thank you!


Online donations are gratefully accepted. Please also contact Water Works Theatre Company at 248.399.3727 or email us for donation information.